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MELROSE — The Melrose-Mindoro High School girls basketball team got what coach Joey Arneson called a “wake-up call” in its WIAA Division 4 regional final on Monday against Eau Claire Regis.

The Mustangs stayed undefeated and moved on to the sectional semifinal, but they had to scratch out a 52-49 home victory to do so.

“It was a good test for us,” said Arneson, whose team is now 24-0. “It was an eye-opener. It just showed that we are beatable. We had some weaknesses that were exploited (Monday).”

Regis (15-9) made a jumper to cut Melrose-Mindoro’s lead to 50-49 with two seconds left. Arneson called a timeout to set up the deciding play.

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“I told them we just had to touch the ball. They were out of timeouts so as long as we throw it deep and touch it, we were going to pull it out,” he said.

The 3/4-court pass went to sophomore Mesa Byom, who took two dribbles and made a layup to bring the game to its final score.

Junior Erika Simmons led the Mustangs with 16 points, while Calette Lockington (12), Byom (10) and Emily Herzberg (10) all reached double figures.

Regis made eight 3-pointers, including four from Morgan Rohrscheib, who had a team-high 12.

Division 3

Wisconsin Dells 60, West Salem 30

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — The Panthers (18-7) had their season come to an end after a disastrous start offensively was too much to overcome.

West Salem didn’t score a field goal in the first 12 minutes, 33 seconds en route to scoring nine points in the first half.

Katelyn Meister, a 5-foot-10 guard, scored a game-high 24 points for Wisconsin Dells.

Sophomore Mya Jacobson led West Salem with 10.

Division 5

Bangor 54, Independence 34

BANGOR — It was a fitting end to the home career of one of the best Cardinals girls basketball players of all time.

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Senior forward Emma Wittmershaus, a UW-Milwaukee recruit playing her last game in the Bangor gymnasium, scored 12 points to become the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,359.

Jaclynn Freit (11) and Ashlie Lockington (10) also reached double figures to help fourth-ranked Bangor (22-3) dispatch Independence (17-8).



Colten Bartholomew is a reporter and columnist for River Valley Media Group. Colten is the college sports coordinator for the La Crosse Tribune.